Basketball's Mickey, Martin on Watch Lists
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the sixteen watch list members for the 2015 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and on the list is LSU sophomore Jordan Mickey.
The award is named after Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone and the annual honor in its inaugural year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 16 candidates.
Entering Tuesday night’s game at Texas A&M, Mickey is one of two players in the Southeastern Conference averaging a double double – 17.1 points and 10.8 rebounds. He is ranked third in scoring, second in rebounds, third in field goal percentage (53.1%) and he is the nation’s active block leader at 3.8 a game.
By early March, the current list of 16 finalists for the 2015 Karl Malone Award will be narrowed down to five players. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2015 Karl Malone Award will be presented at ESPN’s new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2015. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8:00pm EST.
2015 Karl Malone Award Candidates
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, University of Arizona
Justin Moss, University at Buffalo
Kevon Looney, UCLA
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga University
David Laury, Iona College
Aaron White, University of Iowa
Georges Niang, Iowa State University
Perry Ellis, University of Kansas
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Montrezl Harrell, University of Louisville
Jake Layman, University of Maryland
Christian Wood, UNLV
Seth Tuttle, University of Northern Iowa
Myles Turner, University of Texas
Larry Nance Jr., University of Wyoming
Rico Gathers, Baylor University
Also, the Hall of Fame announced today the 15 watch list members for the 2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. Named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its inaugural year recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. The watch list of 15 candidates was determined by a national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel.
Included on that list is LSU inside player Jarell Martin who is averaging 15.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds. He is fourth in field goal percentage at 49.3 percent in the SEC. He ranked fifth in scoring and third in rebounds in the league.
By early March, the current list of 15 finalists for the 2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award will be narrowed down to five players. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Abdul-Jabbar and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award will be presented at ESPN’s new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2015. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CST.
2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Candidates
Bobby Portis, University of Arkansas
Alan Williams, University of California, Santa Barbara
Josh Scott, University of Colorado
Jahlil Okafor, Duke University
Joshua Smith, Georgetown University
Willie Cauley-Stein, University of Kentucky
Jarell Martin, LSU
Kennedy Meeks, University of North Carolina
Brad Waldow, Saint Mary’s College
Stefan Nastic, Stanford University
Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse University
Jakob Poeltl, University of Utah
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt University
Daniel Ochefu, Villanova University
Frank Kaminsky, University of Wisconsin